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Title: Utilization of wetland resources by the rural people of Nagaon district, Assam
Authors: Sarma, S K
Saikia, Monjit
Keywords: Wetland resources;Ethnomedicine;Assam
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int.Cl: A61K36/00, A61P1/08, A61P1/10, A61P15/00, A61P15/02, A61P17/00, A61P17/02, A61P19/00, A61P25/00, A61P39/02
Abstract: Man’s dependence and association with the wetlands is an important aspect, as people get benefited by using its resources. Nagaon district of Assam is located in the flood plains of the river Brahmaputra. The study has been conducted to assess the economic benefits derived from the wetland resources by the rural people of the district and also to assess their socio-religious and cultural attachment with these wetlands. Fifty three plant species were found to have utilization for various purposes like medicine (32), vegetables (9), fruits (6), fodder (9), biofertilizer (3), small scale industries (7), religious functions (5), etc. Nymphaeaceae was found to be the largest family containing maximum number of species having utilization of the people from the study area. The fishermen completely depend on fish resource of these wetlands. Such resourceful wetlands of the district have been found to degrade gradually due to anthropogenic activities like, encroachment, residential and commercial developments, dumping the garbage and wastes in the wetlands, etc. Therefore, appropriate measures should be adopted to conserve and save these important wetlands of the district.
Page(s): 145-151
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.09(1) [January 2010]

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